A Different Approach
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I've made a decision to stop tracking my calories for the time being.
The first reason is that I know that I eat a healthy diet consistently. I've been at the same weight for over two years now. Not every Vegan eats healthy, but my boyfriend and I always fill our shopping cart with nothing but heaps of veggies, whole grains and proteins. The closest that I come to junk food is my nightly chunk of dark chocolate. We don't eat out, save for special occasions.
The second reason is that my BMR is 1740 calories. Figuring in my activity level, that number jumps to 2600 calories. I've been eating between 1400-1500 calories a day and it didn't seem to be helping me. This past week, I ignored the tracker and tried to eat based on how my body was feeling. As a result, I dropped two pounds. I believe that my daily deficit was far too great and my workouts weren't being properly fueled. I found that in trying to stick to the tracker, I was starving myself for much of the day.
The tracker worked amazingly for me when I lost my first 80 pounds, but my fitness level has increased and I really needed a different approach. For now, I'm only going to track my fitness minutes and strength exercises. Lets see how it goes!